R & D on Virgin Coconut Oil as Food Supplement for COVID-19 Patients Gets Approval in Philippines


MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines has got an Ethics Committee approval for a study on the efficacy of virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a food supplement to help fight against corona virus 2019 (COVID-19).

Science Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said that the approval given by the Ethics Committee convened by the DOST, Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) paved the way for the first stage to conduct three parallel VCO studies by the agency.

“We can now proceed with the organizational aspects, including the randomized selection of patients who... read more

Scientist from Airlangga University: VCO Helps Body Discharge Toxin during COVID-19 Infection


Professor Abdurrachman from Medical Faculty of Airlangga University in Indonesia said that the use of herbal medicine to cure Covid-19 is increasing recently as an alternative of curative medicine which hasn’t available now. He pointed out the rise of popularity of virgin coconut oil (VCO), a type of herbal medicine, as anti-viral agent against Covid-19. VCO contains lauric acid (C12), Capric acid (C10) and their monoglycerides (monolaurin and monocaprin) that have antiviral properties. Clinical trial on the function of VCO against Covid-19 is being done in the Philippines. The clinical trials have been previously suggested by Prof. Fabian Dayrit... read more

ICC Takes Part in the 2nd ASAFF 2020


The International Coconut Community (ICC) takes part as an exhibitor in the 2nd Asian Agriculture and Food Forum (ASAFF) 2020 held at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Indonesia from 12 – 14 March 2020. The event is organized by the Indonesian Farmers Association (HKTI). President Joko Widodo officially opened the event which coincides with HKTI’s national congress. In his opening remark, the president said transforming the agricultural sector in the country is not easy without changes in agricultural management and therefore agricultural development policies and programs must be carried out from upstream to downstream in order to make a greater... read more